All changes, even the most longed for, have their melancholy; for what we leave behind us is a part of ourselves. — Anatole France
I have been given a wonderful new professional opportunity: to serve as the President of the Independent Schools Association of the Central States beginning in July 2014. I look forward with enthusiasm to the increased breadth this will bring for me, as I dig into issues of independent school accreditation and supporting the needs of all members of independent school communities along with facilitating the work of school leaders. I look forward to working with a new Board of Trustees to chart the direction of one of the largest regional independent school associations in the country and with the ISACS administrative team to realize the association’s goals.
But first, this means leaving an organization that I have known and served for 15 years — first as member, then as Board member and volunteer conference planner, and, from 2008-2014, as Executive Director. I made the first of my good-byes to members of the Elementary School Heads Association (ESHA) yesterday as my transition was announced to members present at the ESHA Annual Conference. This was a room of my colleagues, the folks now doing the work that I did from 1995-2006 — heading independent elementary/middle schools. My friends, you will be missed!